The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Right wing militias launch a hunt for immigrants

Apr 18, 2005

On April 2 patrols were formed in Arizona to fight against illegal immigration from Mexico. There were over a thousand men organized into small groups, who said they would patrol a part of the border throughout April. They claim to be aiding the Border Patrol in stopping workers who try to cross secretly to find work in the U.S. These racist xenophobic bands are well armed, have night vision goggles, jeeps and even small planes, just to hunt down poor people who seek to flee misery.

This, of course, raises the question of where they're getting all this military material and who's footing the bill to buy it.

But we can bet that the next time a big contractor or agricultural corporation wants cheap labor, Bush will send the Border Patrol to open the border. But in the meantime he's set these vicious dogs on defenseless people, just as he will use these same paramilitary bands against workers – native born and immigrants – who organize to improve their wages when the time comes.